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A Special Ops soldier, whose grief over the loss of a son has torn his family apart, takes them on a vacation hoping to relive happier times, when a perilous situation forces them to pull together to survive. Ordinary People meets Straw Dogs in this Hitchcockian thriller.

Written by: Timothy Jay Smith     [Contact Author]
Format: Screenplay
Starring Roles For: William Hurt
Susan Sarandon
a young Matt Damon
In the Vein Of: Straw Dogs
Ordinary People
The Birds
Posted: 07/18/2010
Updated: 07/15/2017
Author Bio: Raised crisscrossing America pulling a small green trailer behind the family car, Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. En route, he’s found the characters that people his work. Polish cops and Greek fishermen, mercenaries and arms dealers, child prostitutes and wannabe terrorists, Indian Chiefs and Indian tailors: he hung with them all in an unparalleled international career that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through war zones and Occupied Territories, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-day crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail.

Tim brings the same energy to his writing that he brought to a distinguished career, and as a result, he has won top honors for his novels, screenplays and stage plays in numerous prestigious competitions. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction (now the Paris Literary Prize) for his novel, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called a second novel, Cooper’s Promise, “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Fire on the Island was short-listed for the 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for unpublished novels. His stage play, How High the Moon, won the prestigious Stanley Drama Award; and his screenplays have won competitions sponsored by the American Screenwriters Association, WriteMovies, Houston WorldFest, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Fresh Voices, StoryPros, and the Hollywood Screenwriting Institute.

For more information on Tim, please visit

Contest Results: Screenplay Festival (Finalist) [2016]
Capital Fund (Finalist) [2016]
Table Read (Semifinalist) [2014]
WriteMovies (Semifinalist) [2016]
Slamdance (Finalist) [2010]
Shore Scripts Feature (Quarterfinalist) [2015]
FilmMakers/Feature (Quarterfinalist) [2016]
Contest of Contest Winners (Finalist) [2011]
PAGE International (Semifinalist) [2010]
Champion (Finalist) [2010]
Creative World (Semifinalist) [2011]